The International Primary Care Respiratory Group, the Primary Care Respiratory Group Sri Lanka and our eminent International Advisory Committee are delighted to invite you to our 1st South Asian Scientific Conference.
The global burden of chronic and infectious respiratory disease and tobacco dependence continues to grow on individuals, families, society, regional and national governments. Worldwide, about 210 million people have COPD, and asthma affects an estimated 300 million individuals. COPD is now the third leading cause of death worldwide. COPD and asthma are also major causes of morbidity due to the disabling symptoms of breathlessness, cough and fatigue that people experience. Chronic respiratory diseases can also cause acute distressing problems, requiring urgent accessible care.
What is often overlooked is that over 90% of COPD deaths and over 80% of asthma deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). It is the main reason for hosting this scientific meeting in South Asia.